Chris Weidman out of UFC 155. Philippou to replace.
Long Island's Chris Weidman, one of the top UFC middleweight fighters, is out of UFC 155 next month with an undisclosed injury, Newsday has learned.
He was scheduled to fight Tim Boetsch on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.
"It's awful," trainer Ray Longo said.
Instead, Boetsch will fight Costa Philippou, a teammate of Weidman's with Longo and Matt Serra. Philippou was supposed to fight this past Saturday against Nick Ring at UFC 154 in Montreal, but the bout was canceled that morning when Ring fell ill.
"Everything happens for a reason," Longo said. "I guess this is the reason."
Weidman (9-0, 5-0 UFC) had emerged as a top contender for Anderson Silva's title with wins over Demian Maia and Mark Munoz.
Philippou (10-2, 4-1) has quietly won four straight in the UFC with his precision striking and improving takedown defense.